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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 11, 2007 6:52am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Surfs up!

Aloha!

May I recommend a brief vacation in Honolulu, courtesy of the Grateful Dead? Let the salt spray of the Pacific Ocean breezes blow away the lingering hangover of the recent forum excesses. This is as full of juicy goodness and acid tang as a freshly sliced pineapple.

www.archive.org/details/gd70-01-23.sbd.fixed.connor.18153.sbeok.shnf

A spirited and energetic China/Rider kicks things off in good style. Black Peter is an understated gem – a fine and affecting performance of a very fine song. Hard to Handle is so pumped it pulls your shorts up over your ears and steals your girl. “This is 1970, Jack. Not 56,” says Jerry as the Dire Wolf two-steps into view. The first part of the proceedings comes to a shake-yer-booty conclusion with a rousing Good Lovin’. Nobody gives good lovin’ like Pigpen could.

Part two. In sweeps a Cryptical Envelopment that makes your nerve ends tingle with anticipation. The drummers go off an a fast exploratory foray mapping the way ahead for
Phil to head out on a bombing run and Jerry to rake the room with guitar tracer as we dive headlong into a powerhouse The Other One. You’ll want to crank the bass and the volume for this one.

As the fireworks glow fades from the Cryptical Reprise a shining Dark Star swims into view over the horizon and weaves it’s magic spell until St Stephen kicks you back from dream to reality. Pigpen takes centre stage once more to cap the evening with a down-dirty and funky Lovelight. Sadly, Lovelight cuts out just past the 32 minute mark, the only downside to this sterling performance. But I reckon by that time you’ll be pretty happy with what you’ve had.

So get out those grass skirts and dance the blues away!

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Oct 11, 2007 4:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Surfs up!

After the Fillmore East shows, 1/23/70 is my favorite show from that January....Other One & Dark Star back-to-back is pretty rare!
The next night for some reason is very short, only an hour!

Another good one is 1/17 in Corvallis OR with another delicious Star -

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-01-17.sbd.clugston.2220.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 11, 2007 5:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Surfs up!

January, in 68, 69 and 70, has something great to offer. Check out the 68 dates, so often posted by our fine friend CLIFF, and then check out the 69 dates, in which 24th thru 26th are well worth a listen. Then, 70, with those you have just mentioned.

Not a bad month. Still ranking October (68) and December (68 & 69) high in my book, but Jan is nice...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 11, 2007 8:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Surfs up!

Gadzooks! An early era review of length from our early 70s friend from across the water...inspired to more than idle chat with forumites (always appreciated) by recent events? Shifted back in time toward 68 by recent exposure?

Already busy with Feb, 68, thanks to CLIFF's suggestion earlier, but the Jan, 70 shows are a nice set of transitional ones from 69 suites to Americana singles of Workingman's & Beauty style. Good call.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Oct 11, 2007 8:23am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Surfs up!

Will, my old friend, I still love the idle chat – my gadfly insouciance is not yet laid to rest. I don’t make with the recommendations so often because I feel I lack the knowledge and expertise so to do. This particular show I stumbled across pretty much by chance yesterday and have since listened to it twice through. I loved it and wanted to share. Simple as that!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Oct 11, 2007 9:37am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Surfs up!

And simple is better!

Of course I too appreciate your abilities to raise idle chat to levels I can only aspire to (my smoking jacket license is in peril til NC gives me the go ahead).

I am just glad we have this little machine up and running--and whatever your motivations, hope to see more and more of your contributions on chat and reviews!

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 11, 2007 9:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Surfs up!

It's just nice to find something here worth reading.

Thanks guys.